Terminology in old newspapers

Still hanging out in the papers of Hutchinson, Kansas ( Hutchinson News | Hutchinson, Kansas | Tuesday, November 28, 1911 | Page 9 ), I find this story:
My question is, what does it mean when they say "Covers were laid for..." ?


  1. I love the old newspapers, too. Great fun. "Covers were laid" refers to place settings - another way of saying who was there. And I just noticed some Birts attended. Wonder if they were cousins...

  2. I think this could mean, "The table was set for..." because you lay the linen table cloth over the table. Just a guess.

  3. I think it means that dinner was provided for ... I enjoyed reading your blog.


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